“A remote and often primitive trail starting at the headwaters of the Willamette River.”
— Oakridge GOATS
One of Oakridge's best, this is an all day epic trail similar in profile to the McKenzie River Trail but far more remote and primitive. The trail starts at Timponogas Lake and finishes near Sand Prairie Campground. The upper sections of the trail are quite steep, rocky, and rooty but well worth the effort! This is really a shuttle ride, unless you want to rack in some serious mileage and elevation gain.
Need to Know
Bring lots of food and water. Also there is NO cellphone service, so be prepared.
This trail has a classic river trail profile. It starts steep and technical, gradually rolling out to much more open flowy trail. There are some hike-a-bike sections through the middle. This trail is well signed, but there are a few jogs on gravel roads where you'll have to look for the turns.
You'll see all sorts of different environs along this ride: high country old-growth, recently burned areas, to lush green, to oak savannah. You'll also encounter other trail users like hikers, trail runners, and equestrian riders.
It's possible to ride this trail in sections, each of them range from 5-8 miles, however it is best ridden as an all-day point-to-point ride. Park or get shuttled to the top, and have a vehicle waiting for you at the bottom.
History & Background
Designated as a National Recreation Trail.